Teachers will ensure that we do all we can to support children with English as an Additional Language (EAL) so that they can feel safe and secure and make good progress. A child’s English may range from fluent, particularly when English is the primary language used in the home, to very limited.
It is the newly arrived EAL students that are seen as vulnerable but our numbers of these are low. Also, our exam results for EAL pupils are good and are above targets. If students request they take GCSE and A Level examinations in their home counties language then we encourage this and organise it for them. However, this does have to be fully funded by the parent.
We have a very experienced Teaching Assistant committed to working with our EAL students. In addition, Wiltshire Council have a team dedicated to supporting children with EAL and we are able to contact them if we need further support. For any Japanese students whose parents work at Honda in Swindon, we have an Education Support Assistant funded by Honda who comes into the Academy on a weekly basis to support students and teachers in the classroom setting.